Monday, August 11, 2014

Road Block...

So much to say about the last three days and so many photos to post. This is the moment that in the past has hindered my blogging process. I don't have the time or the brain power to move photos to my laptop (just installed a bad program while trying) and so I'm afraid the thoughts and moments will pile up in my head and on my iPhone, never to appear in print. 

But I have important thoughts. And I have photos to illustrate my thoughts. And I hope I'm able to get those words out while they are still fresh. But it won't be tonight....

Friday, August 8, 2014

Three To Go. . .

So. . . the countdown has begun.  Today when we were setting up the stage, I realized that after this weekend there are only three more stage set ups for me.  Three more.  I will not miss it.  It's hard work.  It's time consuming.  I'm getting too old for this.  I have to wonder how I even decided that this would be my life.  I guess it doesn't matter.  It's been my life but not anymore.  Not after three more stage set ups. . .

 Much needed fresh coat of paint. . .


The Nampa Festival of the Arts has always been one of my favorites.  It will be laid back and easy.  In theory. . .

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tears...

I cried today. Nothing new, really. I cry a lot lately. But I think today's tears were cathartic. I've had these moments that I really consider stepping stones. I learn and get stronger with each one. I let go of things that I don't need to hold onto and I gain wisdom about the next step. So while this whole process has been incredibly painful, it has also been very necessary for me to move forward and find my happy again. And I WILL find my happy again. I'm sure of it. 

Tonight's sunset....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Miss, Won't Miss . . .

I invested a lot of time and energy into creating our retail space.  I enjoyed making the tags and learning about the products.  It was fun and interesting to bring in new product and arrange it neatly in the store.  It was the one area of life that I think I felt I had some control over.  It was usually pretty clean, there was an absence of chaos and I had product information at my finger tips thanks to Google.  This has been one of the hardest things to let go of.  My time and my energy feels wasted now although I know it wasn't because I learned so much.  Probably knowledge that I will never need but maybe not.  I will miss having a store. . . 
 


I will NOT miss crawling through small, dusty spaces running speaker cable into the unknown. . .

Monday, August 4, 2014

Quaker Hill Summer Staff 2014

So I totally stalked Zach's Facebook page and found these great photos! I would say he's having a fabulous summer!

























Makeovers. . .

So. . . this happened over the weekend.  I don't think the photos need an explanation. . .




 
 


Quest for a Spinny Thing. . .

At the beginning of May, Gloria and I drove to Newberg to pick up Zach and all of the stuff he had accumulated over the 2 semesters at Fox.  We were barely able to fit it all in:

(Picture date: May 3, 2104)


The only thing that wouldn't fit was his huge TV so I convinced him to take it to the Youth Ranch by agreeing to buy him a small flat panel in the fall (It's now fall and I'm going to have to follow through on that!!). 

So, we said good-bye to Jered and all of his room mates, stopped for lunch and headed for Portland. . .


We were seriously packed to the hilt. . .

Gloria decided that she really wanted to find a park with a Spinny Thing.  She's always loved Merry-Go-Rounds and they are difficult to find these days.  Could be because they are stupid-dangerous but, whatever. 

I told her if she could find one in Portland we could stop for a few minutes.  She did a Google Search and we let our GPS take us on a wild goose chase through Portland.  It was at least two hours of driving around before we actually found one.  In the meantime, Zach had fallen asleep and had no idea where we were when we finally stopped in a wooded area.  I honestly had no idea either.  Thank goodness for GPS.  It was very pretty, though!!









 
Honestly, my heart aches looking at these pictures because times like these are few and far between these days.  I love watching my kids interact and call out, "Mom, watch this!!"  These are the moments that I will remember. . .